Mitch Trubisky is getting one other shot within the NFL as a beginning quarterback. Not a nasty feel-good story for Week 1. It’s exhausting to be the primary quarterback taken at No. 2 in a draft during which Patrick Mahomes was chosen eight picks later, particularly being that his profession has, in most methods, gone the other way.
Nonetheless, on that day it was unattainable to know that Mahomes would flip into one of many best NFL gamers of all time, though I imagine it was nonetheless clear when each gamers had been in school that Mahomes was a greater participant. Me being removed from the one one who believed that Trubisky was worse than the 2 Professional Bowlers chosen behind him — Mahomes and Deshaun Watson — he didn’t obtain a heat reception when the Chicago Bears traded up one spot with a view to choose Trubisky. He was booed at a Chicago Bulls playoff recreation the next night time.
Trubisky took over 4 video games into the 2017 season. He threw seven touchdowns, seven interceptions, and accomplished 59.4 p.c of his passes at 6.6 yards per try. In no way a formidable efficiency, but it surely was exhausting to guage him as a result of the Bears had been so dangerous that 12 months. In 2018 he changed Jared Goff within the Professional Bowl and the Bears completed with the second-best file within the NFC. Then in a playoff recreation towards the Eagles, the Bears scored six factors by means of the primary three quarters, and didn’t rating a landing till close to the nine-minute mark of the fourth.
From then on his profession went right into a tailspin. His efficiency was picked aside each week because the Bears offense struggled to attain. In Trubisky’s three full seasons as a starter, the Bears by no means completed with a file underneath .500, however a few of these video games had been painful to look at. He tried 516 passes in 2019 and nonetheless solely threw 17 touchdowns. Lamar Jackson was the final decide of the primary spherical in 2018, and in 2019 he threw 36 touchdowns with solely 401 move makes an attempt.
It was clear that Trubisky’s confidence was leaving him, however his coach deserves a giant portion of blame. Matt Nagy constantly did not put him in the most effective positions to succeed. He didn’t roll Trubisky out sufficient, hardly ever used tempo, and referred to as means too many straight drop again passes. The identical drawback offered itself final season in Justin Fields’ begins, and that may be a main motive why the Bears have a brand new head coach.
This new arrangement Trubisky has with the Steelers is likely not going to make it to the altar. It’s a rebound relationship. The Steelers and their longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger parted ways, and they need someone to help them get back in the game until someone better comes along (See Kenny Pickett).
Trubisky is a fling for now. The Steelers are hoping their next long-term quarterback is indeed Pickett, who toward the end of training camp was playing some impressive football. There was a possibility that he could push Trubisky out of that starting job for Week 1, but Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that the job belonged to Trubisky.
It’s not a terrible decision for the Steelers, and they have a player to quickly replace Trubisky if the season starts poorly. For Trubisky, after a season as a backup for the Buffalo Bills, he got another shot to be a starter, but if he doesn’t play well, he may never again be an NFL franchise’s intentional starting quarterback.
The Steelers have their problems — offensive line, defensive depth — but they also have more skill-position talent than Trubisky ever had with the Bears. He is also going to play in a run-heavy offense that’s going to rely on a lot of RPO’s and play-action. There won’t be many five-step dropbacks for an entire second half anymore.
Trubisky found himself in a great place to try and rebuild his career. Also, Pickett is a late first-round pick. There is a chance Trubisky can win the job from him permanently. If not, maybe he plays just well enough that a team in need of a veteran quarterback comes calling next season and he will be able to get into at least the $20 million per club.
Will It’s a whole new world for the 2017 No. 2 overall pick. He just better find his place in it quickly, or he will find himself carrying clipboards for an entire career.